Mew Release Spotlight: A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown

Sneaky here with the first book in my Mew Release Spotlight. Today’s feature is Rita Mae Brown’s new mystery, A Hiss Before Dying. If you readers recall, I had a great interview with Sneaky Pie Brown, the cat co-author, who also filled me in on Mrs. Murphy’s role in that wonderful series. If you missed it, here is the interview:

Now for the de-tales about Rita and Sneaky Pie’s new book:

This May, Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return in their twenty-sixth mystery adventure featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, her crime-solving cat Mrs. Murphy, and their animal friends. The gang once again takes on a series of whodunits rooted in the small town of Crozet, Virginia in A HISS BEFORE DYING (Bantam Hardcover; On Sale May 30, 2017). This contemporary mystery explores the issue of wild animal poaching through the lens of a historical narrative—America’s post-revolutionary past.

There’s nothing like a well-told tale, and no one does it better than world-renowned Rubyfruit Jungle author Rita Mae Brown. With more than 7.5 million copies of her books in print, New York Times bestselling author Brown has established herself as a household name. It’s her charm, humor, and knack for crafting a killer thriller that keeps her fans engaged and entertained time after time.

RITA MAE BROWN and SNEAKY PIE BROWN, a tiger cat rescued from the local SPCA, have collaborated on twenty-sixth Mrs. Murphy mysteries, and they are involved in many local events to raise money for animal shelters. Rita Mae also writes the “Sister” Jane Arnold Outfoxed series and the Mags Rogers series and has authored the memoir, Animal Magnetism. She and Sneaky Pie live with many other rescued animals. Rita Mae is now writing, CRAZY LIKE A FOX (On Sale 10/17/17).

What are you waiting for? Go get this pawsome book today, and contact my author Debbie at debbiewriter@yahoo.com (or comment on this blog)  if you would like us to feature your Mew Release or a guest post.

Guest Post by Dolcey from Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell

Good morning, Sneaky! I appreciate you allowing me to visit with you today. I am Dolcey and Sojourner asked me to come introduce myself to you. As you might have noticed, today I am in my cat pajamas. You might say I am cloaked in a bit of a mystery.

You see, I have a job to do in this life, and it is to help children. I am not always a cat. I have many sets of pajamas that I use in my adventures. I have another life away from the children’s houses you will read about in my latest book.

Sojourner McConnell is bringing you the story of how my career began. It is a lovely story featuring Emily. We call it Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?

You will meet Emily, and she has the most beautiful green eyes. They shine like emeralds. Anyway, Emily has a problem. I am not going to tell you about it now. Sojourner is the story teller. I will leave that up to her.

In Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? you will find out exactly who I am and what I do when not dressed for work. You will also find out about my special job and why I do, what I do.

I know there are so many secrets, but you will find out a lot of them in the first book. I hope you will join me for the release which happens very soon. It is already on Amazon as a Preorder.

In fact, I hope you will follow along with the Dolcey Series. Book 1 comes to Amazon and books stores on June 2, 2017. I hope you will pick up a copy and share it with the children in your life.

Then stay tuned because in about four months, I will be traveling to another land and helping another special child that you will not want to miss meeting.

Miss Ellie Barrett is already working on the illustrations for that special story with Sojourner now. It is going to be a blast.  You can find her on Instagram.

Thanks so much for the guest post, Dolcey, and best whiskers on your new book.

Feature Friday Film: Debbie’s Cats Having Fun with Conference Swag

Sneaky here with another Feature Friday Film. Today, I’m purred to present a video that Debbie took of her cats, Oliver and Stripey after she returned from the BlogPaws and Cat Writer’s Conference in Myrtle Beach. As you can see they are enjoying all the samples and swag that she brought home. It looks like it made up for her leaving them while she attended the conference. What do you think?

 

Feature Friday Film: Meows for Mother’s Day

If you’ve read my recent character interview by Mudpie on Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows, you’ll know that I am an orphan. I had a mother, of claws, but she is long gone. I know some of you are motherless, too, and the upcoming holiday may be sad for you, so I hope the film I’m showing today brightens it up a bit. For those mom’s out there,  feline and human, I give a paws-up. Without you, there would be no babies or kittens.

Have a pawsome Mother’s Day!

 

 

Sneaky’s Breaking News: Read All ABout It

Meow there. I am quite excited to share some pawsome news with you about my series and also a way you can help real life kitties and those kind people who rescue them.

 For those who are keeping up with my posts, you know that I take a catnap on the weekend, so only something very special can purrsuade me to wake up and write a column. Well, this is it. My author, Debbie, is on tour with our Cobble Cove mystery series until May 13. So far, our series has been featured in spotlights on blogs and also reviewed on several. The one I’m most excited about.appeared on Socrates Book Reviews. Hold your tails because our first book received 5 Kitties. You heard right. 5 Kitties. It is the first time we’ve been rated with cats. We also received a very mice review on Lisa K’s Book Reviews blog where there was also a post by Gilly, one of the human characters in our series.

There’s even more good news. Debbie wrote a guest post about missing cats that ties into our third mystery when yours truly disappears from the Cobble Cove Library. This post appeared on Storeybook Reviews.

What enticed me even more to forego my weekend nap is the fact that all those blogs that are hosting our tour are also allowing readers to enter our giveaway of all 3 books in our series and a $10 Amazon gift card. For a list of the rest of the stops, check the tour host’s website Great Escapes Book Tours.

Also, remember that this Tuesday, May 9, is Debbie’s birthday, and she is giving away free eBooks of A Stone’s Throw that day and also on May 10. In addition, her second in the series, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, will be pawed down to 99 cents both days, as well.

Last, but not least, as promised, I had to stay awake to share with you a campaign to help poor street cats. I was one of them before taken in at the Cobble Cove Library and so was Debbie’s cat, Stripey. Although Oliver was never homeless, he would’ve been if Debbie didn’t take him when her mother had to move to a place that didn’t allow cats. As a senior cat, he surely would’ve had a difficult time finding a home. Please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. It is truly a lifesaver.

 

 

Feature Friday Film: Happy Birthday Cats

In honor of my author Debbie’s upcoming birthday this coming Tuesday, May 9, I thought I’d show some videos of birthday cats. Also, don’t forget that Debbie has some special offers for her readers from today, Friday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 13. You can read about them on her blog: https://debbiedelouise.com/2017/05/04/my-birthday-is-coming-and-my-readers-get-the-gifts/ and also on the Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book blog that features a review of our first book and a giveaway.

Now for our feature presentations:

 

 

Sneaky’s Interview with Sneaky Pie Brown from the Mrs. Murphy Series by Rita Mae Brown

I am very honored today to be speaking with the co-author of the Mrs. Murphy series who also shares my name. It’s my pleasure to introduce Sneaky Pie Brown.

Hello there, Sneaky (I think I hear an echo – MOL – Meow Out Loud). Can you please tell me your relationship to Mrs. Murphy, the main character in the series you write with Rita Mae Brown?
Mrs. Murphy is based on me, Sneaky Pie. I have made her just a bit younger than myself.
 
What do you (or Mrs. Murphy) like most about your role in the books?
I like figuring things out using my superior senses.
That must be most rewarding. We cats, character and real, are blessed with wonderful senses.
Are you a talking pet in your books or just a silent one who just meows or occasionally?
I talk. The other animals understand. The humans, not so much.
There are a lot of things humans don’t understand IMHCO (In my humble cat opinion).
What advice would you give other pet characters or pet authors?
Just let it rip.
Very inspiring. Thanks so much.
 
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
I am in so many scenes I can’t pick one. For those who are ecclesiastically included, I attend St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. I like my church sermon and my being at the scene of the crime. 
That’s pawsome. We have a church in Cobble Cove, but most of our mysteries take place in the library.
 
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
I have a new book coming out May 30, 2017, The Hiss of Death. It ties together a story from 1786 and today.
Wow, Meow! I love historical mysteries. I can’t wait to get my paws on it. In fact, I’d love to feature it in my new review section on this blog. I’m planning to have it up some time in May.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
I personally have no presence. I am too busy keeping rodents from the trash supply in the barn. I am a working farm cat. Random House maintains my website here: http://www.ritamaebrownbooks.com/
I also have a Face and birdy pages here: https://www.facebook.com/SneakyPieBrown/
I’m sure your work on the farm keeps you too occupied for social media, but I I’m glad you included your links, so my readers can keep in touch with you and your author. Thanks again for the purrfect interview, and best whiskers on your new book.